Red is usually the color of choice for fire trucks, catching the eye and delivering the universal message - an emergency is at hand. But coming to Hoisington Thursday, a pink fire truck will be turning heads. The Pink Heals Tour is making a stop at the Hoisington EMS open house that evening.
EMS Director Scott Fleming has been working with Hoisington’s police and fire departments to organize the city’s second annual EMS open house, which will allow young and old alike to meet their community providers, have hand-on tours of the ambulances, fire trucks and police cars, and receive free baseline vital signs. EMS providers will also demonstrate and teach Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Clara Barton Hospital and a life flight service will also be part of the open house.
The event starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19, and will continue until 8 p.m. Free hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, baked beans and drinks will be available to all who attend.
Pink Heals is completely independent of other organizations whose mission is to keep fundraising local to support the communities themselves, Fleming said. It is completely independent of any other awareness raising organization. All cancer survivors are invited to come and sign the Pink Heals truck when it stops at Hoisington, adding theirs to the thousands of other signatures collected from around the country.
The Pink Heals Program was conceived and founded by Dave Graybill, a retired firefighter and former professional athlete. It has evolved from a single fire truck driven by a single firefighter, Graybill, to over 150 trucks in three countries driven by hundreds of volunteers. Pink Heals brings a community together out of love, not on behalf of a cause or a ribbon, but on behalf of people, according to the organization’s web site.
The organization uses the color pink to represent women and their families, not a specific disease.
More information about Pink Heals can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i5d9HOiEYQ